This is a must-read! A colleague of mine sent me through a link to an article that included a fantastic slide-deck from Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn) and Ben Casnocha looking at career-planning from a different perspective, and reflecting on the realities of modern business.
It’s quite a long deck, but it is very easy to read and go through, and I highly recommend checking it out. There are some brilliant points and perspectives, and it is very creatively communicated. I’m seriously considering buying the book!
I was on TVNZ’s Q+A current affairs programme at the weekend to give a Catholic Kiwi’s perspective on the new pope, Pope Francis.
Having never done live TV before, I didn’t really know what to expect, and with only 5 minutes to talk, it wasn’t like we were ever going to get into the serious issues with any depth. But it was good to talk about the pope from a New Zealand perspective, and I hopefully put a good enough foot forward to represent well the Catholics that I know.
It’s always an exciting time when a new pope is elected - for Catholics (of course), but I would argue for the world as well. While questions are often asked as to the waning relevance of the pope and the Church in the modern world, I think it is precisely events like these that actually remind us that, for at least 1.2 billion people, there is a lot of relevance remaining. If you don’t believe me, go take a look at the hundreds of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s square, or the millions that followed the news around the world. Or, tune in later this year when Pope Francis makes his first scheduled international travel - to World Youth Day in Rio. Millions of young people will greet him, and celebrate a faith that it still very vibrant and very relevant.
Viva il Papa!